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Notes on sonder

The other day, a friend posted a definition of sonder on his Facebook page: "n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited...
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If you want to travel the world

The email I often find in my inbox goes a little something like this: I'm unhappy/bored/trapped in my current lifestyle. I want to travel the world. How did you do it? How can I do it? For the sake of efficiency and maybe for everyone else who's...
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The highlights of summer 2014

Without a doubt, summer is my favorite season. My favorite outfit is a sundress and sandals, I want to spend every single minute in the sunshine, and I just love the long days and late nights. Growing up in California, autumn wasn't anything too...
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Gone to the beach!

I'm out at the Jersey Shore this week with my boyfriend's family. I've decided that instead of writing blog posts, I'm going to read Boys on the Boat (my current book club choice!), take long walks along the beach just after sunrise, play a round of...
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The key to confidence: think less

Here's the thing: I choose joy about 80% of the time (hey yo 80-20 rule!). The other 20% of the time, I let myself go into a seemingly-endless loop of personal negativity: there's not enough money in the bank, I'm not successful enough in marketing,...
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What I do before a big trip

Since I'm currently having the most amazing time in Turkey (have you checked out Instagram lately?!) and it's been reminding me just how much I love to explore a brand-new country. Even settled down in New York City, I travel enough that it still...
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Notes on doing the thing that scares you

Fear is a tricky thing. In many ways, it's meant to protect us: it's a mental shield to keep us from doing things that are physically dangerous or emotionally risky. Fear keeps our feet firmly on the ground, our words safely in our minds, our selves...
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Four years strong!

C'est Christine went live with this post four years ago today. Rereading the comments on that post brings me so much joy: so many of the same people who took the time to say they were excited for and proud of me then are still some of my most fervent...
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The grace in saying no

I'm a yes person. When opportunities present themselves, I like to take advantage of them. Whether it's trying a new food, going paragliding or signing up for an extra freelance job, I tend to say yes when people ask if I want to join them. I thrive...
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My travel beauty essentials

Now that I travel exclusively carry-on only (whether it's for a weekend or 10 days), I'm pretty picky about what beauty products I bring with me. When I go to the beach or to the mountains, I have a tendency to leave all of my little luxuries...
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